The Calgary Flames are quickly getting set for the season. After finally reaching an agreement with star forward Johnny Gaudreau yesterday, they’ve added a solid veteran winger today in Kris Versteeg.
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) October 11, 2016
The 30-year-old right winger put up 39 points in 77 games last season playing with the Carolina Hurricanes and LA Kings. In 550 career NHL games, Versteeg has accumulated 313 points.
He’ll be a welcome addition to the Flames’ right side that currently features Michael Ferland, Troy Brouwer, Michael Frolik, and Alex Chiasson.
It was a somewhat unexpected signing for the Flames, considering Versteeg was thought to be a lock to sign with the Edmonton Oilers less than 24 hours ago.
Versteeg from Oilers camp to Flames roster? You might call that a …. Kris cross.
— Ian McLaren (@iancmclaren) October 11, 2016
It’s believed the Oilers did offer Versteeg a contract, but he chose the Flames, and it’s not that hard to see why. He has a chance to play top-six minutes, and potentially play the right side with Gaudreau and Sean Monahan.
Edmonton’s loss is Calgary’s gain. Versteeg has proven very capable of playing bottom-six minutes in the NHL, and the Flames need all the depth they can get on the right wing.